You work hard to earn a fair paycheck so that you can live comfortably, but what happens when you don’t feel appreciated at work? Especially when it comes to your salary? You may find out that you make less than a coworker even though you’re in similar positions and have been there the same amount of time. This can make you feel worthless like your employer doesn’t care. If you believe that you are underpaid, there are some things you can do about it.

These 19 tips can help you get what you deserve:

  1. Make sure you’re really underpaid
  2. Surf salary sites for facts
  3. Determine your market value
  4. Begin to explore options in the marketplace
  5. Raise the issue with your employer
  6. Approach your boss months before raise decisions are made
  7. Prepare for the conversation
  8. Boost your performance and share your success
  9. Ask what you have to do to get a raise
  10. Ask for more than what you want
  11. Be kind but firm
  12. Don’t make threats and don’t mention personal needs
  13. Anticipate setbacks
  14. If your company cannot offer you a raise, consider negotiating more vacation days or other perks
  15. Know your plan if the answer is “no”
  16. Be willing to walk away
  17. Update your resume
  18. If your choice is to quit, then leave on good terms
  19. And remember: More pay does not make the wrong job worth doing

If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to negotiate the salary you deserve. Of course, it’s hard to know what your employer is going to say or do about it. Therefore, we covered what to do if you don’t get what you want. We suggest that you find another job. It might not be easy, but you know your worth and deserve to be paid for doing your job effectively. If you’re a valuable employee, you can get compensated fairly and should be empowered to walk away from any employer that can’t provide it.

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